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Eileen Gray – The Story of a Self Made Female Designer

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On December 12th

“(Our furniture is) suited to our existence, in proportion to our rooms and in accordance with our aspirations and feelings.” -Eileen Gray

Eileen GrayUnlike most of the other women who made an impact on early 20th century design, Irish-born Eileen Gray did not have the advantage of working with a powerful male mentor. As a woman, Eileen Gray was also denied access to the supportive networks from which her male contemporaries benefited.

Even facing such challenges, Eileen Gray distinguished herself and is now regarded as one of the most important furniture designers and architects of the early 20th century. In addition, she has been one of the most influential women in these fields. Her distinctive design style has inspired both modernism and “Art Deco”.

Eileen Gray initially sought after a career in drawing and painting. When she was 20 years old, she attended classes at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. After several years, and moves to Paris, Ireland, then back to London, Gray found that her drawing and painting courses were becoming less satisfying. She took an interest in lacquer work after coming across a lacquer repair shop in Soho.

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#3: Eileen Gray

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On January 18th

Eileen Gray's E.1027 Villa's Livingroom , Roguebrune Cap Martin, France


Although our list of designers is slightly male dominant, this female designer was one of the pioneers of the modernist design movement and has made a significant name for herself in the world of design. Her work attracted the attention of many, in a time when entrepreneurial women had far greater challenges to face in their efforts to make a name for themselves.

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Modern Architecture & Design

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On November 15th

Partners Cara Cummins and Jose Tavel of TaC Studios

As a lover of all things “design” related, we are definitely Trade Magazine junkies! And I have to say that we were not disappointed by the December issue of Metropolitan Home.
We came across this amazing home built by the home owners themselves, Jose Tavel and Cara Cummins of TaC Studios. TaC Studios, is a full service architectural firm located in Atlanta, Georgia.
We had the pleasure of speaking to Jose and shared with him how much we enjoyed this article and what he and his wife Cara had created. We are thrilled to share these photos as this blend of Modern Architecture and eclectic design is the way we like to decorate homes but this Atlanta home is a level up!
What initially attracted us to this home was the way the interiors were designed. And then seeing that they built and designed the home with many materials that were recycled and or locally procured, keeping it green- because every little bit helps! Made us admire this home more.
We love this homes mix of modern furniture and eclectic furnishings and accessories. Like the womb chair & ottoman with African stools and custom media cabinet built by Tavel. The beautiful canvas was done by his wife Cara. WOW, this couple is not short on talent! Right off the dining room is a Le Corbusier chaise and Eileen Gray table under a wall of custom designed floating shelves with a collection of American Folk art. This home breaks the myth that Modern design is cold and industrial with the rich warm tones on the floor to the colors and textures that the decorative items provide. Very well done!!
This 3 story, 3 bedroom home with a roof deck has it all. It functions as the couple’s home office for TaC Studio on the first floor, while the 2nd level has the living room, kitchen and dining room and has an open loft feel with so much light from the huge windows. The bedrooms are on the 3rd floor.
Arco Floor Lamp, Modern Sectional and Bar Stools

Arco Floor Lamp, Modern Sectional and Bar Stools

We love the deck. The back yard has a rear water fountain and gravel ground cover with bamboo and other lush plantings. We just want to move in!